The Robert S. Wilson Community Respite, A Signature Program of The Robert Irvine Foundation
Easterseals offers center-based weekend respite for children with and without disabilities of wounded warriors, veterans, active duty military, first responders and civilian families. Each weekend respite is planned to include a different monthly theme and ensure a variety of interactive activities. Children ages 6 months to 10-years-old receive one-on-one care from vetted volunteers, who are carefully selected to ensure a successful pairing between the child and volunteer.
The activities take place monthly at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Inter-Generational Center in Silver Spring, MD and can involve entertainers, petting zoos, adaptative sports and other engaging hands-on activities.
This program is dependent on the number of volunteers that sign up. Therefore, space is limited, and you may be placed on a wait list until we find the best volunteer to be matched with your child.
**Due to COVID-19, center-based respite is temporarily on hold until we can resume safely.
Monthly Family Kits
To help support families during COVID-19, Easterseals provides monthly Family Kits filled with a “Do It Yourself” activity. Each kit is based on a different theme and is age appropriate for the whole family. Whether families are decorating cookies, painting bird houses or unleashing their inner creativity with an arts & craft box, it is sure to be fun for the whole family.
The goal of the kits are to help promote family togetherness while providing stress free activities. *Kits are limited.
How to Enroll
To enroll your family in the Program please e-mail ([email protected]) for an enrollment form.
Robert “Bob” Wilson believed that every person deserves a chance to live, learn, work and play in the community, including children with disabilities and special needs, “Little Warriors” – children of wounded warriors – and those who care for them. The Robert S. Wilson, Jr. Community Respite Program at Easterseals continues Bob’s legacy of leadership and volunteerism by providing critical support to these families.